Saudi Arabia Bans Iftar Inside Mosques, Issues Directives For Imams Ahead of Ramadan 2024

Ahead of Ramadan 2024, Saudi Arabia has decided to ban iftar inside all mosques. Crown Prince and Prime Minister Mohammed Bin Salman have issued orders to ban iftars inside mosques. Along with this, other directives for Imams have been issued by the Ministry of Islamic Affairs.
Saudi Arabia Bans Iftar Inside Mosques, Issues Directives For Imams Ahead of Ramadan 2024

Saudi Arabia Bans Iftar Inside Mosques, Issues Directives For Imams Ahead of Ramadan 2024

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Riyadh: Ahead of Ramadan 2024, Saudi Arabia has decided to ban iftar in all mosques. Crown Prince and Prime Minister Mohammed Bin Salman have issued orders to ban iftars inside mosques.
Ramadan, the holy month of Islam, is expected to start on March 11 or 12, 2024. The start of the holy month depends on the moon sighting in Mecca. Ramadan is expected to conclude around the evening of April 9 and 10 with the celebration of Eid-ul Fitr.
In a notice released by the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, the Saudi Arabian government has stated that "iftar projects should not be carried out inside mosques out of concern for their cleanliness".
"Imams and Muezzins should find an appropriate place for iftar in the courtyards of the mosques. No temporary rooms or tents should be created for this purpose," the notice added.
Iftar is the fast-breaking meal for Muslims during the month of Ramadan. Iftar is usually done after sunset at the time of the Maghrib prayer. Considering the importance of the meal, iftar only been banned from taking place inside mosques.
The ministry has also ordered imams against collecting financial donations for organising iftar feats.
In its notice dated February 20, the Saudi ministry also discouraged the use of cameras and photography inside the mosque premises. The ministry also stated that prayers should not be broadcast on any form of media, including social media.
Imams were also urged to be "regular in their attendance and not be absent during the blessed month of Ramadan".
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